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EASE ANXIETY AND SIMPLIFY THE TRANSITION TO LIFE IN COLLEGE

Welcome to Best First Year!
Online events & exclusive content for students & their parents from America’s #1 College Life Expert

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WELCOME STUDENTS AND PARENTS!

Every year, millions of students head off to college.  And EVERY year, millions of students struggle while navigating the social, emotional, physical, financial, & academic transitions ahead. MOST STUDENTS NEVER SEE IT COMING.  MOST PARENTS DON’T KNOW HOW TO HELP. 

That’s why I created Best First Year, an online program to help students and their parents navigate all the big changes ahead.



MY PASSION IS HELPING…

I’m Harlan Cohen and I’m a New York Times bestselling author and syndicated advice columnist who help students and parents get comfortable with the uncomfortable. I had a horrible first year in college.  I never saw it coming.  I was a successful student in high school who was “college ready.”  But I wasn’t prepared for what was next. Once on campus, I struggled to find my people and places. I got impatient. I didn’t know how to create a life for myself.  Eventually, I transferred. I soon realized that I wasn’t alone. Over the past 20 years, I’ve written books on college life, spoken on over 400 college campuses, and helped millions of students, parents, and educators ease anxiety and simplify life in college. I’m grateful to be in your corner.

MY BOOKS: The Naked Roommate is the #1 book on college life (800,000+ copies in print). It’s used as a textbook in high school and college classrooms around the world. The Naked Roommate for Parents Only is the go-to-book for parents and is recommended by top institutions.  The Naked Roommate’s First Year Survival Workbook is filled with exercises and activities to help students navigate change.



Get started by watching

5 Simple Rules for College Parents

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FREE EVENT: FOR COLLEGE PARENTS
> WATCH NOW: 5 Simple Rules For College Parents

Once you’re done, pick up an All-Access 1-Year Pass for 24/7 access to all videos and resources



GET INSTANT ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING EVENTS
WITH YOUR ALL-ACCESS PASS:

EVENT | 17 Things You NEED to Do Before Going to College
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7 MONEY MUST DOs for College Students & Parents
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Dream It, Believe It, Make It Happen in College
EVENT |  College After Dark (dating, relationships, alcohol, safety)

What’s included with your one year All-Access Pass?  Watch ALL events, attend a live online Q&A session with Harlan, get instant access to 50+ video lessons for students & parents, download workbook exercises, and gain access to additional resources.  Give as a gift to a college bound grad.

THE FACTS: Millions of students struggle in college…

FIRST YEAR FACTS & STATS:

  • 1 in 4 first year college students will NOT return to the same school 
  • 66% of first year students admit feeling homesick or lonely
  • 51% of first year students admit having problems getting along with roommates
  • 46.4% of college students report feeling hopeless over the past 12 months.
  • 36.7 % of college students report feeling so depressed “it was difficult to function”

(Source: HERI data and ACHA-NCHA assessment)

BEST FIRST YEAR ALL-ACCESS PASS INCLUDES:

17 Things You Need to Do Before Going to College

COLLEGE LIFE: It’s EVERYTHING they NEVER tell you in high school.  Harlan delivers a cheat sheet to help you prepare and plan for everything and anything in college. Students and parents are welcome!   > All-Access Pass Required

7 MONEY MUST DOs for Students and Their Parents

FINANCES: Harlan’s going to help you save now, spend less, and graduate with no BIG financial surprises.  No one likes financial surprises (unless it’s winning the lottery).  > All-Access Pass Required

Five Simple Rules For Parents of College Students

PARENTING: Harlan helps parents know what’s coming and how to be the best partner during the college years.  Parents are more involved and need to know more.   > WATCH REPLAY

College After Dark

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Harlan talks dating, relationships, hooking up, drinking, drugs, and staying safe on campus.  There’s no judgment here, just facts, stats, and tools to help you stay safe.  Students and parents are welcome!
> All-Access Pass Required

Dream It, Believe It, Make It Happen

LEADERSHIP: What’s your college plan? How will you create a new life in a new place surrounded by new people? Harlan delivers a step-by-step approach to help create the BEST first year in college.   > All-Access Pass Required

BONUS CONTENT THAT COMES WITH YOUR ALL-ACCESS PASS…

>SIGN UP FOR ALL-ACCESS PASS
BONUS: LIVE Q & A Online Event w/Harlan (Summer '18)

Join Harlan for an exclusive online event in the fall.  This Q&A is designed to answer all your questions and concerns.  Perfect timing for students and parents with questions.

BONUS: Workbook Exercises, Roommate Contract, Resources

Get exercises from Harlan’s workbook, a roommate contract, and additional materials to help make the transition and navigate through the surprises along the way. These are the same tools used in college classrooms across the country.

BONUS VIDEOS: 50+ Video Lessons for Parents and Students

Use theses short video lessons throughout the year to prepare, plan, and navigate life in college.

Sample student video:

ALL-ACCESS PASS IS FOR…

High School & College Students

Eager, excited, and sometimes anxious students heading to college

Parents

Caring and concerned parents who want their kids to be their best

Counselors & Educators

Counselors and educators who work with high school or college students

“BestFirstYear.com helps students and parents navigate the social, emotional, physical, financial, and academic changes ahead. It’s everything you need to know to help get comfortable with the uncomfortable and have the best first year in college.”  

– Harlan Cohen

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